The situation and the location are grave in Kerala. Most villages have been affected because of the floods. There is a shortage of food and safe drinking water in the Deccan state Kerala.
In Kerala now people are struggling to find a safe spot. The water level is all set to rise further.
The Gulf News spoke to some Kerala expats in the UAE, with some families come back to home.
A Dubai based expat from Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, Shiju Thomas, nervously told Gulf News: “I have been trying to get in touch with my family for the last two hours. I think phone lines have been disrupted.
His aged parents are now in Kerala around 80 years old, live in a two-story house very close to the Pamba River. He added further regarding the same: “They are old and stuck on the staircase because there is already more than waist-deep water on the first floor. My brother who works in Sharjah had gone on vacations, so he is with my parents. All of them are stranded.”
As per Thomas, his family has no food and has no way to contact the rescue or the salvage forces.
Thomas also added, “I personally cannot go to help since there are no flights. I am trying to get in touch with official agencies, including the Indian consulate. The central government really needs to deploy more forces to help people in Kerala. It is a small state and obviously does not have so many resources to tackle such a large scale adversity.”
Another Dubai-based expat Vijay Babu, from Thiruvananthapuram, said that in Kerala his friends’ houses are submerged in flood waters. And now he wants to do something for his friends who are might suffer in Kerala.
Kerala Flood: UAE Come Forward To Help In This Drastic Situation
The state of Kerala in India is currently witnessing huge floods, the most devastating in a century. Hundreds have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been displaced. Ahead of Eid Al Adha, do not forget to extend a helping hand to our brothers in India. pic.twitter.com/cHe4CWzrpO
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) August 17, 2018
Under HH the Amir @TamimBinHamad directives, $5 million has been allocated to the flood victims of #Kerala. We extend our sincere condolences to the victims’ families & to the Indian people, many who have contributed to Qatar’s development & wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
— عبدالله بن ناصر بن خليفة آل ثاني (@ANK_AlThani) August 18, 2018
The 30-year-old man is helping his UAE based social media friends in order to battle with the floods. Babu told Gulf News: “I put up a post on my Facebook wall with the idea that we could send some relief items to people in need. Many of my friends from Kerala, who live in different parts of the UAE have joined into volunteer. Together we collected some non-perishable food like rice, lentils etc., clothes, baby food and other essential items through cargo. We are in touch with a couple of cargo companies in the UAE who are providing with free service till August 20, to send the items to a trust in Wayanad. The items will then directly be distributed to people in need.”
Another Dubai-based expat based, Anil Chacko, said, “Our house is on slightly higher ground and the water is one foot deep in the house, but there’s no way for my family to get out because they would be stepping down into deeper water – almost neck-deep.” in Thiruvalla, His family home is in the worst-hit Pathanamthitta district of the state.
Civilians have been heavily involved in rescue mission all the way through the floods and a mini-rescue by Anil’s father and a group of teenagers has cemented the way for the army and navy rescue team in order to receive the Anil’s stranded family.
On Wednesday, The neighbor whom they had helped for getting out has been co-ordinating the rescue efforts for the family.
“The road leading to the house is so narrow that only a two-passenger boat can come through, which would mean repeated trips back and forth to take them all. We aren’t sure where exactly the safe spots would be as of now”, Anil told to the Gulf News.
the ruler of Dubai and the vice president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, declared on Twitter on Saturday the formation of a committee to provide relief to flood-ravaged Kerala.
As of now reportedly, around 300 people have killed because of this monsoon floods in Kerala. In his Twitter posts, Maktoum also urged that the residents of the UAE to “contribute generously towards this initiative”.
“The state of Kerala in India is currently witnessing huge floods, the most devastating in a century. Hundreds have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been displaced. Ahead of Eid al-Adha, do not forget to extend a helping hand to our brothers in India,” one of the posts by the Dubai ruler said.
“The people of Kerala have always been and are still part of our success story in the UAE. We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected, especially during this holy and blessed days,” Maktoum said.
The “UAE and the Indian community will unite to offer relief to those affected. We have formed a committee to start immediately. We urge everyone to contribute generously towards this initiative,” he writes in his Twitter account in both English as well as Malayalam in addition Arabic languages.
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, The president of the UAE, has expressed his condolences to the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on the loss and damage whatever occurred in the Kerala floods, in India.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that Rs. 500 crore financial assistance to Kerala because he see the flood situation. Modi also directed National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to repair the damaged national highways on the priority basis.
He asked insurance companies to settle claims under crop insurance and social security schemes on time. The prime minister also declared an ex-gratia of ₹ 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and ₹ 50,000 to those critically wounded.
As per Modi, he said too that the center will help rebuild homes, provide assistance to farmers, and additional funds under the employment guarantee scheme.
The deadly floods in Kerala killed around 324 lives since May. Many people are still abandoned as the rain deepen and build up.
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